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January 20, 2020


New jail phone system easier on inmates, more profitable for city
Calling home just got a lot less expensive for those spending time in Sheridan Detention Center, and surprisingly, the profits for the city are expected to increase dramatically.
Police Chief Jason Teague passed that information along at last week's Sheridan City Council meeting and said in a follow-up interview that he selected a new company because the rates and profit structure were fairer to both the inmates and the jail.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Prattsville VFD again the main topic at city council meeting
The Prattsville City Council held its first meeting of 2020, with much of its two-hour runtime centering around the town's volunteer fire department.

Mayor David Paxton was dealing with a near-empty table with just departing Council Member James Keesee in attendance. Keesee's nominated replacement, Sharen Caldwell, was also in attendance as well as Fire Chief Bodie Hope, who much of the meeting centered around.


Saturday, January 18, 2020

Details of city code inspector position still unclear
Back in September, it seemed almost certain that Sheridan would hire a code enforcement officer, but now that the city has received a handful of resumes for the position, questions still remain as to whether officials will go forward with the move or what that position will look like if they do.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Pat O'Bryan announces candidacy for JP District 5
I am Pat O'Bryan, candidate for Grant County Justice of the Peace District 5. Grant County has been my home for 40 years. I am a former Justice of the Peace who resigned last year from District 9 when my wife, Shelly O'Brayn passed away unexpectedly.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Fire Department report shows personnel busy, even when not fighting blazes
In 2019, firefighters in the Sheridan Fire Department attended more than 2,000 hours of state and national continuing education training.
That was according to Fire Chief Ben Hammond, who delivered an extensive annual report to the Sheridan city Council at its January meeting.
"Professional training is something we take very seriously," Hammond said, heaping praise on his entire staff of about 30 firefighters and especially his assistant chiefs, Tony Gatlin and Joe Scott.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Solar project hits snag
The attorney for Grant County said the contract for a large solar project is not ready for officials to sign.
Teresa Howell, better known as head prosecuting attorney for Grant and Hot Spring counties, also acts as the attorney for the Grant County Quorum Court, and it was in that capacity that she spoke to a rare joint meeting of the quorum court and Sheridan City Council.
Both the county and city are working separately with Clear Energy Solutions, a Fayetteville-based company, on the establishment of a solar panel array that would allow the two governmental entities to save millions of dollars (around $2 million for the city and $1 million for the county) over the 30-year life of the agreement.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Local weather was mostly unremarkable in 2019
At the end of 2018, Sheridan had logged the second-wettest year on record. And while the trend continued this past year, the end result was more than a foot of precipitation less than the year before.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Caretaker: Campground upgrades will be welcome addition
The park attendant at Cox Creek Lake campground says the planned upgrades for the area will be much appreciated by the camping public, especially those who come in RVs.
Carl Benfield, who, with his wife, Wanda, keep an eye on things at the lakeside campground near Leola, said that he gets a lot of compliments on the area, but he also gets a lot of requests for additional amenities.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Be Coachable
Editor's Note: Jerry Carlton is one of the "four Jerry's" on Sheridan High School's 1958 Basketball State Championship Team, an outstanding basketball and baseball player at the University of Arkansas, and an inductee into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. An article about Carlton and statistics from his time playing sports was published in the Jan. 1, 2020 issue of The Headlight. Below is the first part of a two part question and answer session between Carlton and Grant County Museum Director Lindsey Stanton. Carlton donated several items of personal memorabilia from his time with the Razorbacks to the museum where it is now on display. The second part of this Q&A with Carlton will be published in next week's issue of The Headlight.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

2019 Recap
The year 2019 will be remembered for a lot of national and international stories that occurred along the way, and the news within the borders of Grant County was no different. As with life itself, there is the good and the not so good. As a newspaper, we try to cover it all.
Wednesday, January 1, 2020


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